Keynote Speaker

Melissa J. Batula, P.E.

Acting Executive Deputy Secretary

Melissa J. Batula, P.E., was appointed PennDOT’s Acting Executive Deputy Secretary in March 2021, after serving as the first female Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration since January 2020. Batula is proud to join over 11,000 dedicated staff members who share her commitment to serving the transportation needs of citizens across the Commonwealth. Her role includes overseeing investments in PennDOT assets, ensuring quality and safety across the department, and advancing innovative strategies to solve Pennsylvania’s 21st century transportation challenges. Batula is adept at building strong relationships with industry and governmental partners and is committed to helping to guide the department in successfully carrying out its mission.

Batula began her career in the private sector, where, from 1987 to 2006, her role grew and developed from a draftsperson to a senior design engineer. She joined PennDOT in 2006 as a senior civil engineer, where she has progressed through the department in various management positions.

Batula is a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a focus in organizational leadership.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

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